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Deception Pass

Central Cascades

Accessible from Highway 2, I-90, or the iconic Pacific Crest Trail, Deception Pass is a gateway to alpine lakes, stunning mountain views or, if you're a thru-hiker, Mexico or Canada. Continue reading

Location

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
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Length

28.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.

Rating

3.44 out of 5

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  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

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Northwest Forest Pass

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From the Deception Creek trailhead off of Highway 2, you'll hike five miles through mossy forest into the Alpine Lakes wilderness. Campsites dot the trail, two, three, and five miles in, making this section a great option for overnight backpacking--you can make your own adventure along this section of trail.

At the 4.8 mile mark is the junction with the Tonga Ridge Trail, which makes for a great day hike, but you'll continue straight south. After another 2.5 miles arrive at a second junction. A left turn here connects to the Pacific Crest Trail in one uphill mile, but again, you'll continue straight another 3.4 miles to Deception Pass.

Here you can hike to Tucquala Meadows by continuing south on the trail (now called Deception Pass trail), or hop onto the Pacific Crest Trail heading north or south. A right turn at this junction brings you to Marmot Lake and Lake Clarice in a little more than five miles.

From Tucquala Meadows trail, take the Deception Pass trail past Hyas Lake to a junction 4.4 miles in. Continue past this junction for 0.6 miles to Deception Pass, where you can follow the directions as listed above to various destinations.

Deception Pass

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5443, -121.0973 Open in Google Maps

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

Deception Creek (#1059), Deception Pass (#1376)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails No 176 Stevens Pass

Getting There

Access the Deception Pass trailhead from Highway 2. Drive east to mile marker 56.6, found between the Skykomish and Stevens Pass. Turn south onto Deception Creek Road (FR 6088), and continue for one mile to the trailhead.

Access the Tucquala Meadows trailhead from I-90. From I-90 take exit 80. Drive north on SR-903 to Salmon la Sac. Fork right and continue up Cle Elum Valley Road (FR-4330) for 12 rough miles to the trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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